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Regents of University of California v. Superior Court
California Supreme Court
4 Cal.5th 607, 413. P.3d 656 (2018)
Damon Thompson (defendant) was a University of California at Los Angeles student. Thompson started experiencing auditory hallucinations and having classroom and dormitory problems. When campus police responded to Thompson’s complaint that he heard voices coming through his dormitory walls and believed students were going to shoot him, Thompson was referred to the university’s psychological services for treatment. Thompson continued to experience and report auditory hallucinations, and although he denied an intent to harm anyone, he began identifying students who he claimed called him stupid. While in the chemistry laboratory, Thompson stabbed fellow classmate Katherine Rosen (plaintiff) with a knife. Rosen sued the University of California Regents and several employees (collectively, UCLA) (defendants) for negligence, alleging that they were aware Thompson was dangerous and failed to warn or protect Rosen or control Thompson’s foreseeable violent acts. UCLA moved for summary judgment, arguing that universities do not have a duty to protect adult students from criminal acts. The trial court denied the motion, finding that UCLA did have such a duty to its students. UCLA appealed. A divided court of appeal panel reversed because Rosen could not establish duty. The state supreme court granted review.
Rule of Law
Holding and Reasoning (Corrigan, J.)
Concurrence (Chin, J.)
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